OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. (KOLD News 13) - The University of Arizona softball team opened the Women’s College World Series with an extra-inning victory on Thursday, May 30.
The Wildcats used home runs by Dejah Mulipola and Jessie Harper to secure the 3-1 win.
Mulipola hit a 2-out, 2-run home run over the centerfield wall to take the lead in the top of the eighth inning. The homer was the 23rd of the season for the junior catcher.
Harper’s solo homer to center, the first of the tournament, put the Wildcats on the scoreboard first in the top of the sixth.
The Huskies answered in the bottom of the inning to tie the score at 1 on a leadoff home run by Sami Reynolds.
Huskies starter Taran Alvelo struck out 11 - a career postseason high for the senior. UA’s Taylor McQuillin struck out seven. Both pitchers went the distance.
It was Arizona’s first win in four tries against Washington this season. The Huskies swept a series earlier this month at Hillenbrand Stadium in Tucson.
The Wildcats will play UCLA, which beat Minnesota 7-2 later Thursday, at 4 p.m. Friday. The game will be on ESPN.
In other games at the WCWS:
Game 3: No. 13 Oklahoma State 2, No. 5 Florida 1
Game 4: No. 1 Oklahoma 3, No. 8 Alabama 2
The Cowboys and Sooners will play in Friday’s nightcap at 6:30 p.m. Tucson time. That is the only other game on Friday. Elimination games begin on Saturday.
If the Wildcats lose to the Bruins on Friday they will fall to Bracket B and play on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. (MST) against the winner of an earlier Saturday Elimination game between #8 Alabama and #5 Florida.
If Arizona beats UCLA they will advance to play in the Bracket A final on Sunday at 10 a.m. Tucson time.
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Thursday-Sunday, May 30-June 2
* - if necessary
Game 1: Arizona 3, Washington 1
Game 2: UCLA 7, Minnesota 2
Game 3: Oklahoma State 2, Florida 1
Game 4: Oklahoma 3, Alabama 2
Game 5: No. 6 Arizona vs. No. 2 UCLA, 4 p.m. (ESPN)
Game 6: No. 12 Oklahoma State vs. No. 1 Oklahoma, 6:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Game 7: No. 3 Washington vs. No. 7 Minnesota, 9 a.m. (ESPN)
Game 8: No. 5 Florida vs. No. 8 Alabama, 11:30 a.m. (ESPN)
Game 9: Washington-Minnesota winner vs. Oklahoma State-Oklahoma loser, 4 p.m. (ESPN)
Game 10: Florida-Alabama winner vs. Arizona-UCLA loser, 6:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Game 11: Arizona-UCLA winner vs. Game 9 winner, 10 a.m. (ESPN)
Game 12: Oklahoma State-Oklahoma winner vs. Game 10 winner, 12:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Game 13: *Game 11 teams, 4 p.m. (ESPN2)
Game 14: *Game 12 teams, 6:30 p.m. (ESPN2)
* - if necessary
Monday, June 3
Game 1: Teams TBA, 4:30 (ESPN)
Tuesday, June 4
Game 2: Teams TBA, 5:30 p.m. (ESPN)
Wednesday, June 5
Game 3: *Teams TBA, 5:30 p.m. (ESPN)